Stage One: Classification

Insterior of a Jewish passport during the Third Reign

Insterior of a Jewish passport during the Third Reign

Cover of a Jewish passport during the Third Reign

Cover of a Jewish passport during the Third Reign

The Holocaust can be scene as an organized destruction process, one that unfolded step by step but did not proceed from a definite plan. The Nazis first brought their plan into motion by the separation of “us (Germans)” and “them (Jews and many other minority groups).” The Nazis felt the Aryan race was far superior and anyone who didn’t meet that standard shouldn’t exist. Mistakenly, the Jews were considered a race rather than a religion. The Nazis promoted this concept through the use of propaganda and proved to be vital in not only winning the support of German’s, but as well enforcing Anti-Semitism throughout the country. Hitler took advantage of the cultural differences that made the Jews stand out and blamed them for Germany’s loss during World War I.

Although the Jews were the Nazis main target, many other groups were attacked, this included the elderly, the physically disabled, the sick, Gypsies, etc. Anyone who was considered a threat to the Nazis such as political enemies, educated individuals like doctors and lawyers were eliminated first to prevent any interference with the Nazis plan.

All Jews were required to have their passports stamped with a “J,” which stood for Jew. Jews were believed to be an international threat and the public saw them as a scapegoat for all their troubles. The Jews have always had a lot of hatred towards their religion in the past which made abusing them that much easier.

 

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